Post by Peter Bakwin on Apr 27, 2014 18:27:18 GMT -5
Finlay Wild has the FKT 2h59m22s, 12 October 2013. Wild beat his own FKT of 3h14m58s, set 16 June 2013. Es Tresidder had the previous FKT, 3h17m28s, 5 May 2007.
The Cuillin traverse is a 12km long, technical (up to Very Difficult in the British rating system, or lower 5th class in the US system) ridge traverse with about 3000m of ascent. In an informative article on www.ukclimbing.com local climbing instructor Jon Jones called it "the most challenging mountaineering journey in the United Kingdom". More information is available from www.summitpost.org.
Traverses of the ridge go back over 100 years to the first continuous traverse by local climbing experts Leslie Shabolt and Alastair McLaren on June 10, 1911. They made the trip from south to north in a little over 12 hours.
Finlay Wild, one of Britain's best fell runners, set the FKT at 3h14m58s on June 16, 2013, as reported by www.ukclimbing.com, which also lists some splits for the trip. Wild went back just a few months later and lowered the FKT another 15 minutes, just breaking the 3-hour barrier at 2h59m22s. ukclimbing.com has the story and interview.
Es Tresidder set the previous FKT for this tough traverse in 3h17m28s on May 5, 2007, which he reports taking "nearly 15 minutes off the record".
"In theory I could go faster - but the motivation of breaking a whole number is definitely strong, so now that I have done it, I am happy with the record - for now." - Finlay Wild